The Dearborn Public Schools Board of Education recently gave Superintendent Glenn Maleyko his evaluation for his seventh year as superintendent, again ranking his performance as “highly effective.”
Trustee Mary Petlichkoff chaired the evaluation committee, which received input from all seven board members.
“The evaluation committee, with the help and support of the MASB, conducted a full board review of Superintendent Maleyko that successfully concluded with a highly effective determination in his role as administrative leader of our school district. We look forward to the continued team effort and collaboration provided by Dr. Maleyko and the entire school community to develop opportunities for success with all our students,” Trustee Petlichkoff said.
If Dr. Maleyko is rated as effective or highly effective, his contract is automatically extended by one year to maintain a continuous three-year agreement, currently ending on June 30, 2025.
Last school year, the district had two more schools named National Blue Ribbon Schools including Henry Ford Early College and Haigh Elementary. The announcement brought the district to five Blue Ribbon Schools in five years.
Over the last year, Dearborn Public Schools launched a new Virtual K-12 School and returned other students to full-time, every day, in-school learning for the first time since the pandemic closed schools in March 2020. The district continued to implement new safety measures related to the pandemic and hosted numerous free COVID vaccination clinics during the school year. Administrators also planned how to best spend millions of extra funding dollars, which could only be used on certain pandemic-related issues.
Dr. Maleyko oversees 37 schools spread across 36 buildings and 2,700 staff serving more than 20,000 students and their families. Last spring the district bought two more buildings from Henry Ford College to house and expand the Early College programs, which are joint endeavors between the district and college.
Last year Dr. Maleyko served as the President of the Middle Cities Education Association, and he is the President-Elect for the Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators.
“While it was challenging to fully reopen schools, we were so glad to be able to bring students back to full-time classes in our buildings last fall and look forward to a more typical reopening later this month,” Dr. Maleyko said. “My evaluation is a reflection of the hard work of our team, and I am fortunate to be able to work with so many talented professionals who truly care about educating children. The board is a big part of that success, and I appreciate the trust that the board has in me and our team.”
The superintendent is the only district staff member directly hired and supervised by the Board of Education.
Board President Roxanne McDonald said, “Dr. Maleyko has done an excellent job successfully navigating our district through the difficulties of the past couple of years. The pandemic has had a profound effect on everyone, especially our students. They’ll need additional support in a multitude of areas, not strictly academics, to achieve their goals and reach their full potential. Dr. Maleyko wholeheartedly believes in putting students first and in continuous improvement. With those two drivers in mind, I have faith that he will continue to successfully lead this outstanding district through the challenges of the upcoming school year.”
For the evaluation, the Board used a tool developed by the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB). Each trustee ranked Dr. Maleyko’s effectiveness in five areas: governance and board relations, community relations, staff relationships, business and finance, and instructional leadership. The superintendent provided information and supporting documents about his accomplishments. This section makes up 50 percent of the overall evaluation score.
Student growth makes up 40 percent of the superintendent’s evaluation, with the last 10 percent based on work being done toward the district’s strategic plan goals.
Dr. Maleyko went on to say, “I’m very passionate about the important work we as educators must accomplish, excited about the future of our schools and students, and proud to be part of such a great community.”